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Read Gonzaga University news release on apartment fire

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GONZAGA UNIVERSITY'S NEW KENNEDY
APARTMENT COMPLEX BURNS MONDAY

The Kennedy Apartments, a 225-bed apartment complex for upper-division Gonzaga University students, caught fire early Monday, causing profound damage as firefighters and at least eight fire trucks battled the blaze of unknown origin.

The $10.4 million structure sits on the city block bounded by Pearl and Ruby streets and Boone and Sharp avenues. Gonzaga University officials at the scene said the brick and wood structure was fully engulfed. The fire was estimated to have begun shortly after midnight -- approximately 12:05 a.m. Monday.

The student housing complex, which had been scheduled to open in July, included such amenities as enhanced security hardware such as card-swipe building access, some covered parking, four levels of glass "sky" bridge to wings, and a fifth-floor sun room with patio style furniture.

The building is named in honor of Duff Kennedy, former chair of the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees, and his late wife Dorothy Kennedy of Seattle. The general contractor for the project was Walker Construction.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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